Our first port of call on our Alaskan cruise was the island town of Ketchikan. This was a short day in port, so we only had enough time to capture the look of the city and buy warmer clothes and family gifts before our excursion. The contrast of brightly colored buildings against the mizzle and mountain background made my eyes happy.
|Our first eagle sighting was atop a light pole.
|Humpback whale fluke
|The juvenile bald eagles lack the white head and golden beak
|Two juvenile bald eagles with their breakfast
|Eagles' nest, center frame
Our guides told us that "low man on the totem pole," taken literally, is actually a compliment. The importance of the person represented decreases as you go up, not down.
|Eagle's nest hidden amid the foliage
Next we came upon the lighthouse and more humpback whales:
|Coffee and hot chocolate was a must in the cool, wet weather
A colony of harbor seals surprised us. Their coloration blended in with their rocky hangout, so that they almost looked like additional rocks themselves.
On the way back to the dock where we started, we passed more eagles' nests.
As we sailed away in early afternoon, the sun came out and dappled the hills while we watched Orcas play.
All in all, it was a beautiful day.